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What is the typical recovery time for a rt leg meniscal repair (partial meniscectomy) and MCL reconstruction. How long in 0 brace & how long to drive?

What is the typical recovery time for a rt leg meniscal repair (partial meniscectomy) and MCL reconstruction. How long in 0 brace & how long to drive?

Varies: When a ligament is reconstructed, the rehab time is longer because the repair needs to be protected. Rehab time depends on your age and level of fitness prior to surgery, and also on your surgeon and the type of reconstruction. I would say no driving for at least 6 weeks. Early rom in a brace is generally encouraged. ...Read more

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How long is the recovery from meniscectomy?

How long is the recovery from meniscectomy?

Knee recovery: Recovery from meniscectomy can be variable; this may depend on your bmi, associated arthritic findings and response to physical therapy. ...Read more

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They found some articular damage when I had my partial meniscectomy 2 weeks ago. How will this affect my recovery and running in the future?

They found some articular damage when I had my partial meniscectomy 2 weeks ago. How will this affect my recovery and running in the future?

Slows recovery: Meniscus tears resolve quickly after partial meniscectomy. The finding of cartilage damage puts a cloud over your recovery and ability to return to running. It will definitely slow it up to 6 weeks. The grade, location and size of the area of cartilage damage will ultimately come ino play. Articular damage often has no effect. Remain positive do physical therapy and listen to doc. ...Read more

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How does articular cartilage damage affect recovery from partial meniscectomy?

How does articular cartilage damage affect recovery from partial meniscectomy?

Slows recovery: Meniscus tears resolve quickly after partial meniscectomy. The finding of cartilage damage puts a cloud over your recovery and ability to return to running. It will definitely slow it up to 6 weeks. The grade, location and size of the area of cartilage damage will ultimately come ino play. Articular damage often has no effect. Remain positive do physical therapy and listen to doc. ...Read more

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Pain after a meniscectomy?

Pain after a meniscectomy?

Not very common: Usually menisectomy it is not very painful, few things could possibly make painful to have infection after that or the surgeon found other problems in the joint at the time of the surgery. ...Read more

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What is a medial meniscectomy?

What is a medial meniscectomy?

Cartilage removal: The knee has 2 cushioning cartilages called menisci. They are shaped like a waxing or waning moon. With injury the meniscus can become torn. Most tears of the meniscus do not heal and some require partial removal through arthroscopic surgery. ...Read more

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What is a partial meniscectomy?

What is a partial meniscectomy?

Removal of cartilage: When people tear cartilage in the knee joint, it's usually a meniscus teat. This semi-circular cartilage rings the periphery of the knee joint and helps cushion impact. The meniscus is avascular, except at the edges furthest away from the joint. The meniscus often tears in this low blood supply area and in not repairable. The torn part is excised arthroscopically, leaving the remainder intact. ...Read more

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What can go wrong with a meniscectomy?

What can go wrong with a meniscectomy?

Not much: Menisectomy these days is very simple surgery, have few complications if it is done the right hands. The possible complication is infection (less than 1%) we usually give antibiotic before it. ...Read more

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Why only two holes for my meniscectomy?

Why only two holes for my meniscectomy?

Meniscectomy: Meniscectomy requires one incision for the camera to visualize the damaged tissue, and another to insert instruments to trim the damage tissue out of the knee. ...Read more

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Exercises to recover from meniscectomy?

Exercises to recover from meniscectomy?

Quad Strengthening: Typically, a meniscectomy should not cause too much trauma to the knee and patients recover quite easily. However, the procedure can inhibit the quad muscles from functioning normally for a short time after surgery. Exercises to retrain the quad muscles can help. These exercises include straight leg raises, exercise bicycle, and gentle stairclimbing. Forcing yourself not to limp will also help. ...Read more

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What is invovled with full meniscectomy?

What is invovled with full meniscectomy?

Rarely done now: The function of the meniscus was poorly understood and prior to arthroscopy, treatment options were limited. Rarely is the entire meniscus removed. Typically, only the torn portion of the meniscus is removed arthroscopically. With very large tears involving the more vascular edges of the meniscus, arthroscopic repair may be attempted. Complete removal of the meniscus will lead to arthritis. ...Read more

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What exercises are good to recover from a meniscectomy?

What exercises are good to recover from a meniscectomy?

Knee pain: You should have this discussion with your surgeon. If he does not give you a satisfactory answer and solution, it is okay to get a second opinion. Generally speaking quadriceps and hamstring strengthening exercises such as stationary bike are food starters. ...Read more

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What are some exercises to recover from a meniscectomy?

What are some exercises to recover from a meniscectomy?

Rom/ strengthen: You can work on motion and quad strengthening right away. Exercise bike can be done early post-op and is good for regaining motion and quad strength. Isometric quads work w/ straight leg raises are an excellent means to work quads without irritating your kneecap, and can be done w/ light ankle wts. Walking is great but should begin slowly after rom and quads tone has returned. Best of luck! ...Read more

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How longs it take to recover from a partial meniscectomy?

How longs it take to recover from a partial meniscectomy?

2-8 weeks: Depending on your age, condition of your knee, recovery can be very quick, but certainly within 8 weeks at most, you should be close to full recovery. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from a partial meniscectomy?

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How long does it take to recover from a partial meniscectomy?

Fairly quickly: A well performed arthroscopy with partial medial meniscectomy does not damage anything and merely removes a painful mechanical tear. As soon as the knee calms down and overall strength has returned, return to activities is safe. This can be anywhere from 3 weeks to 3 months, depending on the person. The majority of recovery is getting back quad strength and range of motion. ...Read more

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How do they do a full meniscectomy of the lateral or medial side?

Arthroscopic: Almost all surgery is done arthroscopically through 2 or 3 small incisions. Special instruments remove the torn meniscus. Typically, there is some meniscus which can remain behind, avoiding a full meniscectomy. ...Read more

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Had a partial meniscectomy, 8 weeks later still in pain. What can I take?

Not right: Some thing must be wrong, ask your surgeon if there is some things else he found in the joint at the time of the procedure. ...Read more

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Had a partial meniscectomy, 10 weeks later I am still in pain. Next steps?

Had a partial meniscectomy, 10 weeks later I am still in pain. Next steps?

Knee pain: You should have this discussion with your surgeon. If he does not give you a satisfactory answer and solution, it is okay to get a second opinion. ...Read more

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Looking for meniscectomy docs?

Looking for meniscectomy docs?

Anywhere: The most common orthopedic procedure is a knee arthroscopy with partial medial meniscectomy. It means we can all perform it and it is difficult to find out which surgeon performs it best. A better question is would be whether a surgeon will spend the time to tailor treatment to you as an individual. Many times, meniscectomies are not completely necessary. Spend the time and research your surgeon. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have only two holes for my knee meniscectomy?

Is it normal to have only two holes for my knee meniscectomy?

Yes: There are different ways of performing a knee scope. I personally only use two holes. One for the camera and fluid that goes in and out, and one for the instruments. Some surgeons prefer using a third hole for fluid in our out. It depends on personal preference and training. There are advantages of each. The additional hole makes it easier to see, but can inhibit the quad muscles after surgery. ...Read more

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I am 26 and have had full meniscectomy. The operation was completed on 30th of oct and I am still barely walking. Is this normal?

I am 26 and have had full meniscectomy. The operation was completed on 30th of oct and I am still barely walking. Is this normal?

Ask ur OrthopedicDoc: Not to be rude but post-operative questions are best addressed pre-operatively by your surgeon. In other words, during pre-op consult, s/he should have explained the procedure, risks (infection, risk of worsening symptoms, pain, side effects etc), and expected recovery. Along those same lines, it's best to follow post-op recommendations of your surgeon, not someone not involved in your surgery. ...Read more

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How long will I have pain after a rt knee meniscectomy?

How long will I have pain after a rt knee meniscectomy?

Knee locking: You should have this discussion with your surgeon. If he does not give you a satisfactory answer and solution, it is okay to get a second opinion. ...Read more

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Almost 6 months after meniscectomy and plica removal, I still can't deep bend w/o pain. Getting on the floor is hard. No prob on leg press. Why?

Almost 6 months after meniscectomy and plica removal, I still can't deep bend w/o pain. Getting on the floor is hard. No prob on leg press. Why?

Be seen: There are multiple potential reasons you may still be having problems so long after your surgery. I would discuss directly with your surgeon who would likely be the most able to tell you what the problem is; don't hesitate to seek a second opinion as well. ...Read more

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After a partial medial meniscectomy a month ago I still experience a clunking when I squat (getting up from a chair) + have a lump. Is this normal?

Post op knee: It can be normal, it depends if it has associated pain. Clunking getting up from a chair is, most likely related to patella femoral contact which usually resolves with strengthening of the thigh muscles ...Read more

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I'm 20yr guy, planning for partial meniscectomy. Can I ever do running in my life? Can I ever drive car with manual transmission I.e with clutch pedal? Plz

I'm 20yr guy, planning for partial meniscectomy. Can I ever do running in my life? Can I ever drive car with manual transmission I.e with clutch pedal? Plz

Activity level: I would assume that you will have markedly improved function after your partial meniscectomy. However, I encourage you to discuss this with your orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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What can I do about knee pain 35 years after a total meniscectomy?

Knee pain: Initially you can try nsaids or joint supplements. There is a high probability that you have arthritis in your knee. You may want to get a x-ray to establish if that is the reason you have pain. ...Read more

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Can you explain the process of an arthroscopic surgery meniscectomy?

Can you explain the process of an arthroscopic surgery meniscectomy?

Remove bad cartilage: An arthroscopic menisectomy is an outpatient procedure where torn knee cartilage is removed. Arthroscopy uses small incisions to place a camera and instruments inside the joint. The joint is filled with fluid, the damages cartilage is identified and removed. The joint is inspected for further damage and if none exist, the procedure is finished. You go home with less pain and faster recovery. ...Read more